Take part in the downtown, alternative scene in our biggest city north of the Arctic Circle.
Tromsø is the capital of explorers – including you who are hunting for fashionable cafés and bars. The adventurous spots of Northern Norway’s biggest city are now pointed out in The poor man’s connoisseur guide to Tromsø.
This useful and wonderfully wacky insider review is edited and published by Erlend Mogård-Larsen and written in cooperation with, among others, Sondre Sommerfeldt. See the proofs of Tromsø’s special ability to introduce backstreet exotica on the main street.
Guidebook editor Erlend Mogård-Larsen recommends the following inside tips for an offbeat Tromsø experience. For more inspiration, download the Tromsø Official City App.
Address: Skippergata 11, 9008 Tromsø
Joyful, small dishes are based on the catch of day and the chef’s mood. The interior smells of a hunter’s cabin with a hint of 1960s memorabilia. Show up early in the evening before it gets totally packed.
Address: Sjøgata 29, 9008 Tromsø
The oldest café in town offers tasteful cakes, pop-up events, and occasionally a DJ spinning vinyl in a corner. The place also serves one of the most decent coffees of the Arctic.
Address: Skippergata 6, 9008 Tromsø
Come here to eat and play. Some of the best burgers in town are served in this bar, which is decorated by vintage game posters on all walls. A 1970s Arcade machine with more than 2,000 games makes sure the guests never leave.
Address: Storggata 36, 9008 Tromsø
Address: Cora Sandelsgate 4, 9008 Tromsø
Eat Tromsø: The slogan of this eatery is local roots, international ambiance. Bardus is amongst the best bistros in town, and also has a bar. Go for the Tromsø Mix, which is a beer with tequila, orange and cinnamon.
Address: Erling Bangsunds plass 1, 9008 Tromsø
Try Arctic fastfood. Raketten (The Rocket) is the best, smallest, and most wooden sausage outlet in Norway, built in 1911. It got its name after the pointed, spire-like shape of the roof.
Address: Strandgata 14, 9008 Tromsø
Tromsø is the home of numerous rock bands, and Blå Rock has been their nest since 1991. The owners are proud of the décor and the permanent exhibition of original rock relics, like signed photo portraits by such polarities as Elvis Presley and Frank Zappa.
Address: Kirkegata 6, 9008 Tromsø
The most wild and wonderful shop in town is also the most crowded. This joint for used books houses departments of Lego, Hobbit relics and – of course – games.
Address: Søndre Tollbodgate 17, 9008 Tromsø
Dive into floating wellness. Vulkana is a small-size ship with a drop-in spa, right in the core of the Tromsø city centre port, mentioned as the best Nordic relaxation centre by Finnair magazine.
Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat local food.
Run under the midnight sun or admire the wonderful northern light. Go whale spotting or dog sledding, try your hand at sea fishing in the kingdom of the big fish, and play a round of golf on the world’s northernmost course.
Tromsø offers accommodation for most budgets, from good hotels and apartments in the city to charming cottages out of town.